Saturday, October 29, 2016


Just a quick check in.  I arrived at the recital location early, but not ahead of my students!  They were the first to check in.  Since I was not in charge, I had the pleasure of chatting with them and their parents and grandparents before the recital began.  I relished that opportunity -- in the past, I was always too busy setting up and confirming arrivals.  I could relax today.  Someone else was in charge.

The recital was a hit.  Twelve young pianists played their heart out.  Everyone was beaming, (except for Darth Vader, who was behind a mask, even when he performed!).  Yes, everyone was in costume too, even most of the teachers!  Two of the teachers played the role of emcee and assistant.  Armed with balloons and dressed as characters from the movie Up, they shared jokes to lighten the atmosphere for these young performers.  For many of these kids, it was there first recital, and they were a bit nervous.  The adults' corny behavior put everyone at ease.  Each child received a certificate and treats at the end of the program.  I was so very proud of my students' accomplishments today.

I have some pictures which I hope to post later next week.  Check back Friday.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Recital 2016

We've been learning spooky Halloween tunes these past few weeks, all in preparation for a multi-studio recital tomorrow afternoon.  The music is new, unknown, and because Halloween is such a treasured holiday among the younger set, they learn the music quickly.   They then have a few weeks to add the subtle nuances by which they own the music. With tempo markings like eerily and gloomy, they take those dots on the page and paint great musical pictures of ghosts and goblins lurking on a dark Halloween night.  Others might have giddy or fun to guide them to portray musically a night of trick-or-treating.

The Halloween recital has always been one of the highlights of my year. Traditionally, I have taken my students to the local assisted living residence to perform for the residents.  The kids really get into this performance.  The parents too.  I joke that there are more family members than residents.  This is always the first performance opportunity of the year, the kids want to show off, and the parents want videos to share on social media.

The multi-studio recital is new to me.  Due to my move to Frederick, my student base has dropped.  I am rebuilding, but it all takes time.  I joined the Frederick County Music Teachers Association this year to meet other private music teachers, but more importantly, to find opportunities for my students to perform.  This is our first such occasion.  It will be fun to see and hear what other young pianists play.  I know my own students are well prepared, and I am looking forward to an afternoon of Halloween fun, costumes included.